In April 2018 oekom research published its Corporate Responsibility Review 2018.
“The oekom Corporate Responsibility Review 2018, the annual report on sustainability in corporate management, confirms the upward trend observed over the past five years. The share of companies in the industrialized countries with good and very good ratings is currently 17.19 % – slightly higher than in the previous year. Moreover, at 43.62%, the group of companies with a medium sustainability performance is larger than the proportion of companies with inadequate sustainability performance for the first time. This is now 39.19 percent, which is the lowest level to date. However, a comparable trend can be observed among companies in the emerging markets at a lower level.
This is the tenth time the report has been published. It is based on the results of the oekom Corporate Rating for a total of over 3,800 companies worldwide. Its publication also marks the 25th anniversary of the company, which was founded in 1993 as oekom research and joined Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) in March this year.”
The review includes a section entitled, “Differences in performance between industrialized and emerging counties.”